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Delta SkyMiles has announced a great award sale for travel between the U.S. and Europe. The promotion is valid for travel in both business class and economy class, so it’s a great way to snag a discounted award ticket to Europe this summer and fall.
Through this promotion, roundtrip economy class awards start at just 50,000 miles, while roundtrip business class awards start at just 110,000 miles.
The major terms of the promotion are as follows:
- Valid for bookings through 11:59PM ET on March 15, 2017
- Valid for travel between August 1 and October 31, 2017
- Valid exclusively for roundtrip travel on Delta, and not for travel on partner airlines, like Air France, KLM, Virgin Atlantic, etc.
While Delta doesn’t publish an award chart, for roundtrip travel between the U.S. and Europe they ordinarily charge a minimum of 140,000 miles in business class, and a minimum of 60,000 miles in economy class. So that represents of a 30,000 and 10,000 mile discount in business and economy, respectively.
Delta’s award availability on their own metal for flights to Europe is generally quite good nowadays, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding saver level space for travel on Delta that’s promotion eligible. What’s especially cool about this promotion is that it’s for travel over the tail end of the peak summer travel period, so it’s great to get a discount during an in-demand time.
If you’re going for a business class award and have a choice of aircraft, I’d definitely go for an A330 over a 767. The A330s feature reverse herringbone seats, while the 767s just feature staggered seats, which aren’t nearly as comfortable. Either way, Delta’s soft product is probably the best of any US carrier, so you can expect pretty good food and service.
If you don’t actually have Delta SkyMiles, keep in mind they’re transfer partners with American Express Membership Rewards, so you can transfer them over. If you’re looking to maximize Membership Rewards points (which is the best way to earn Delta miles through credit card spend), I’d recommend using cards like the Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card, Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express, and The Platinum Card® from American Express.
This is a pretty good flash sale, especially when you consider that there are limited restrictions within the eligible period, and that this is for travel over a pretty peak period.
Saving 30,000 miles for roundtrip business class is a pretty good value, though do keep in mind that comes at the expense of being able to redeem on partner airlines. Not only do some partner airlines to Europe have a better business class product, but they can also get you access to more cities.
So if you already have SkyMiles then this is a great value, though personally I wouldn’t transfer Membership Rewards points to Amex in order to redeem for one of these tickets, unless you’re just topping off an account. That’s because there are lots of other great transatlantic award values.
Will you be able to take advantage of Delta’s Europe summer flash sale?
(Tip of the hat to Rene’s Points)